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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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Stay of execution came just hours after parole board unanimously recommended 120-day reprieve
The Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay of execution on Friday, 5 days before he was scheduled to be put to death for a murder he insists he did not commit.
The Texas court of criminal appeals blocked the execution indefinitely and sent the case back to the trial court in Bastrop county, where Reed was sentenced in 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites two years earlier.
The court had previously rejected multiple appeals, but Reed’s lawyers argued that fresh evidence bolstered his claim of innocence. 
They said in a statement that they “are extremely relieved and thankful … this opportunity will allow for proper consideration of the powerful and mounting new evidence of Mr Reed’s innocence”.
Millions of people, including a clutch of celebrities, have rallied behind Reed’s cause, helping to generate momentum and public attention as the execution date of 20 November loomed an…

Japan's new Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai pledges reform

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On Friday, newly appointed Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai promised to reform his ministry, including a pledge to more stringently enforce laws and regulations related to immigration.
Kawai said the increase of the foreign worker quota under a new visa program that took effect in April will be a focal point during his tenure, alongside enhancing immigration controls through more rigorous screening and stricter immigration checks.
The justice minister added that his new policies will also target foreign nationals staying in Japan illegally who refuse to return to their home countries, including those in detention, pointing to a trend of increasingly longer detention periods.
Kawai also pledged to provide greater assistance to disadvantaged citizens.
“I’m aware that there are many people in Japan who cry out in anguish and many who aren’t even able to raise their voices,” he said, referring in particular to the victims of child abuse. He said the ministry is now working on new counter…

South Carolina: After sentencing Tim Jones to death, jurors still shaken, haunted by child murders

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Three months after one of South Carolina’s most bone-chilling trials — the death penalty case of a Lexington County father who killed his 5, young children — jurors remain haunted by what they saw and heard.
“I think about it every day,” said a 52-year-old woman with the initials, L.A., who served as an alternate juror until being excused near the trial’s end. “Many times during the trial, I went in the jurors’ bathroom and just wailed – cried my eyes out.”
Jurors have stayed silent since June 13, when they unanimously voted to put Tim Jones Jr. to death for the 2014 murders of his children in the family’s Red Bank home. They endured some of the most harrowing testimony ever uttered in a S.C. courtroom — testimony that left veteran police officers and news reporters, seated in the court room, blinking back tears and recoiling in horror at the parade of gruesome evidence.
Since then, nine of the 18-member jury panel have spoken to The State Media Co. about their life-changing experien…

Texas officer who made headlines for his turban and beard killed in traffic stop

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Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was one of the first to wear the traditional Sikh articles of faith as part of his uniform
A Texas police officer who made headlines for being one of the first to wear traditional articles of faith as part of his uniform was killed during a routine traffic stop on Friday
Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a sheriff’s deputy in Harris county, which includes Houston, died after a suspect appeared to ambush him and shoot him in the back of the head.
The alleged shooter, Robert Solis, 47, was arrested and charged with capital murder. Although it was not immediately clear what punishment prosecutors would seek, Texas is a death penalty state.
“I’m sad to share with you that we’ve lost one of our own,” Harris county sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter. Dhaliwal “was unable to recover from his injuries”, he said.
“There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers.”
Dhaliwal was shot about 12:45pm on Friday. Footage from a dashboard ca…

Pakistan: 7-judge bench to decide span of life sentence

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A 7-judge bench of the Supreme Court (SC) – led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa – will, on October 2, decide the duration of the span of life imprisonment in Pakistan.
The three-judge bench, led by CJP Khosa, while hearing a matter on July 29 questioned whether life imprisonment meant imprisonment of a convict for his remaining biological life or anything shorter than that – and if so, whether different sentences of imprisonment for life passed in the same case or different cases were to run concurrently or consecutively.
“The question has appeared to us to be a question of immense public importance affecting a larger number of cases in the country,” said CJP Khosa.
The court has also issued a notice to the attorney general for Pakistan (AGP), advocate generals and prosecutor generals to assist in the matter.
Members of the bench, hailing from 3 provinces, include Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Mazhar Alam Kh…

Pakistan: 2 sentenced to death in child kidnap, murder case

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An antiterrorism court on Saturday awarded death sentence to 2 men for kidnapping and killing a child over non-payment of ransom.
4 accused — Abdul Ghaffar Brohi, Abdullah Magsi, Ali Magsi alias Ali Dino and Zahid Hussain Gopang — were charged with kidnapping 4 1/2-year-old Ammar Hussain Jatoi within the remit of the Waleed police station, Larkana in 2012.
On Saturday, the ATC-II judge, who conducted the trial in the judicial complex inside the central prison, pronounced his verdict reserved after recording evidence and final arguments.
The ATC hands down life imprisonment to 2 more accused
The judge noted that the prosecution successfully proved the allegations of kidnapping for ransom against the accused Abdul Ghaffar Brohi and Abdullah Magsi and handed down capital punishment to them.
The judge awarded life imprisonment to accused Ali Magsi and Zahid Hussain and also ordered them to pay Rs500,000 each to the legal heirs of the victim as compensation.
The judge further sentenced th…

Iran: Man Executed in Isfahan

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); September 28, 2019: A man was hanged at Isfahan Central Prison for murder Thursday.
On the morning of Thursday, September 26, a man was hanged at Isfahan Central Prison for murder , Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
According to the Head of Isfahan’s Judiciary, Mohammadreza Habibi, the prisoner was sentenced to death for murdering a truck driver during a robbery. 
Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.
Woman Hanged in Sanandaj Prison
Iran Human Rights (IHR); September 29, 2019: A woman was hanged at the Iranian city of Sanandaj’s Prison, Kurdistan province Thursday.
According to IHR sources, on the morning of Thursday, September 26, a woman was hanged at Sanandaj prison. Her identity is revealed by sources as Leila Zarafshan, 37. 
“Leila was suffering from a mental disability. She killed her husband on their 40th day of marriage. Civil activists had tried to win the …

“Revolución Islámica”, la veinteañera Nao y los 70 ‘apóstatas’ de Alá

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Son el movimiento emergente entre los jóvenes musulmanes más descreídos de Europa. Por renunciar a la fe en Alá y postular una vida laica, se enfrentan al repudio de los suyos. El ateísmo está castigado con la pena de muerte en el Islam. Hay hasta un descendiente de Mahoma. La impulsora de la primera Asociación de Exmusulmanes en España tiene 21 años, la piel tatuada y da la cara por todos ellos.
La mirada de Nao, con la mano sujetando la mejilla y una medio sonrisa es soñadora y directa. Como la de una jovencísima pin up. Pero con tatuajes y un punto punk. Ese contraste probablemente defina mejor que nada el carácter de esta mujer de 21 años que está teniendo que defender su vida a dentelladas, a veces. Otras, con mandobles a diestro y siniestro, sin concesiones, ejecutados con la seriedad, precisión y la elegancia firme de quien sabe de lo que habla. Nao es la impulsora, entre otras muchas cosas, de la primera Asocia…

Trump anuncia una pena de muerte exprés para los asesinos múltiples

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Se acelerará la ejecución de los condenados cuando se les declare culpables de una masacre indiscriminada
El Gobierno de Estados Unidos prepara una nueva normativa penal que acelerará la ejecución de los condenados a pena de muerte cuando se les declare culpables de una masacre indiscriminada como las que han provocado 89 muertos y 240 heridos sólo este año. 
En lugar de restringir la tenencia de armas, como han pedido numerosos políticos demócratas, la Casa Blanca ha optado por endurecer las penas y agilizar los ajusticiamientos, que en condiciones normales pueden demorarse hasta 10 años.
Fue Marc Short, jefe de gabinete del vicepresidente Mike Pence, quien reveló el lunes durante una visita oficial a Polonia que ya existe un borrador para agilizar la pena de muerte elaborado por el fiscal general [ministro de Justicia] William Barr. 
Será parte de un ambicioso paquete de reformas legislativas sobre armamento que despu…